Where and how long to stay in France
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 4, 2012 4:51 PM Last Post By: MSickles307
Sep 23, 2012 8:32 AM
Where and how long to stay in FranceA friend and I (we are in our early 30s) are planning about a 2 week trip to France in Mid-Late May 2013. We are trying to decide exactly where to go and for how long. We definately would like to spend some time in Paris (sight-seeing with time for relaxation) and were thinking Provence would be nice. How long should we stay in Paris and Provence? Is there anywhere else we should visit on the way to Provence? We had heard Brugge is beautiful also (not too far from Paris, but in the wrong direction). Is it worth the effort to expand the trip beyond France? We would like to enjoy not just sight-seeing, but we are foodies and avid wine drinkers so down time is very important.
Edited by: MSickles307
Sep 23, 2012 10:06 AM
1If you have two weeks I would spend a week in each place.A week is a good introduction to Paris...much better than trying to rush around and se everything in 3 days as many first timers do.
If you have the budget hiring a car and driving around Provence for a week would be a great way to see something of that that region too.
I wouldn't try to fit Bruges in too...as you say its in the wrong direction,and there are plenty of worthwhile places to see in France without trying to squeeze in other countries as well......
Sep 23, 2012 10:50 AM
2I agree with the above, with two weeks just two places.
You might also consider the Burgandy area. The area around Beaune. Here are some pictures that may tempt you: http://anyportinastorm.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=france&thread=5227&page=1#126766
Spend more time on that web site, there are more photo essays of other areas of France and Paris that may stir your interest: http://anyportinastorm.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=france
Sep 23, 2012 6:13 PM
Sep 24, 2012 12:50 AM
4Not much difference.Personally I would go to Paris first,because i like it more.Mind you I might never make it to provence ;-)
Sep 24, 2012 8:10 AM
Sep 24, 2012 3:37 PM
6Thanks! As far as where to stay in Provence, should we pick a home base and do day trips around the area or stay in different cities throughout the week? What cities in Provence would you recommend? We would love to eat/drink, wine tastings/vineyards, hiking, beach, etc.
Sep 24, 2012 9:54 PM
Sep 25, 2012 4:57 AM
8I've seen a list of the cities/towns/villages in Provence, but the information is overwhelming. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't want to stay in one of the larger cities, but am conflicted on towns or villages. I'm looking for a recommendation of what might be best for a home base. Most importantly, whether we should stay in one place or more? We will be there for a week.
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Edited by: MSickles307
Sep 25, 2012 5:43 AM
Have you had a look on a map from this region? For what you are looking for in each place (City, town and village) you can eat and dring as locals do each day for thousand of years now. There is made the Côte de Provence and it is a wine country, a big one. Tasting is not a problem you can do it nearly in each wineyard.
What now will be the "best" place/homebase for you to stay - really I have no idea. If you need to be on the beach I suppose in such a case near the waterfront would be very comfortable. If you stay for a week in one place and you will do day trips from there than maybe a little bit more inland is better and a question if you have a car. Local transportation in the backland is not very helpfull and not very developped.
To give you better information can you please tell in which department you thing to go?
Sep 25, 2012 7:58 AM
10I had not yet seen a map of the Departments. That was a very helpful suggestion to get me focused! I read up on each area and for beach going, we would probably prefer Alpes Maritimes given the beautiful scenery with the Alps. Alpes De Haute Provence seems like it could be good for hiking. Vaucluse and Drome Provencale also sounds beautiful. It looks like Alpes De Haute Provence is most central to these Departments. What towns/villages are there that would not be too busy and touristy, but still have restaurants and cafes where we won't need to drive within the area. We will probably have a car, but if we want to have some wine at dinner, a close restaurant would be preferred :) Thanks!
Sep 26, 2012 12:51 AM
11Alpes de haute Provence only looks like to have a central situation. There you are far from the rest of the world but near to Italy. The southern part from this is the northern part of Alpes-Maritimes and you need by car or bus or train between 60/90 minutes to go to the coast - to Nice. Good places are the villages of Beuil, Guillaumes, Entreveaux without many tourists in your time - beside camping cars and mobilhomes coming from the NL but just passing by.
Alpes-Maritimes, especially the coast line - the Côte d'Azur - is in the secoand half of May crowded, expensive and overbooked. The high season starts also in your time with the big events like the Filmfestival in Cannes and the F1 race in Monaco. Nice places and not so far from the coast are Valbonne, Opio, Vence or in the surrounding of Nice: Colomar, Aspremont.
The departement Var has pretty villages inside the Esterel and Maures massifs as there are Plan de la Tour, La Garde-Freinnet or nearer to the coast the village of Grimaud. Very nice part for hiking too and about 30 minutes to the beach or one hour to St. Tropez. The western part near the departement Bouche du Rhone and always inside the Provence any little village is typical, nice and without hordes of tourits.
Use Google for all other question and information about any place. Go to the site 'comitee regional du toruisme PACA'
Sep 26, 2012 6:50 AM
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